Play to win the lottery

Overview

"Play to win the Lottery" is a new entertainment application from LogicMedia that is designed to help you improve your odds at winning when playing the lottery.

LogicMedia has invested years of research and development creating "Play to win the lottery" and will soon be releasing the application on the Windows 10 app store. Other platforms are currently in development.

There are other apps on that will pick lottert tickets for you. Some even claim to improve your odds. In reality, most of these apps are simple random number generators and don't do anything to improve your odds of winning.
If you are serious about winning at the lottery, then random numbers are simply not good enough. Random numbers mean the lottery gets your cash and you will get nothing. 

"Play to win the Lottery" is different from the other applications because it was specifically designed and tailored for people who want to :

  • Be effective playing the lottery
  • Improve their odds of winning a prize
  • Make smart and informed ticket selections
  • Be a winner

If this describes your goals, then get "Play to win the lottery". The application is easy to use, and will guide you through creating a set of tickets customized for the lottery of your choice.

Those who wish to understand the the math and principles behind the algorithms used in the application can continue reading below for a more about the applications, what it does, and how it works.



Can the odds of winning be improved?

Can the odds of winning a prize in a lottery be improved? The math says Absolutely!

Then why have we all heard the phrase "winning the lottery is like being hit by lightning”? Usually in an attempt to discourage us from playing the lottery. The problem with that phrase is that it is misleading. Lets face facts, who wants to get hit by lightning? Maybe someone has it on their bucket list, but I somehow doubt it. The fact is we all work incredibly hard to avoid being hit by lighting. Yet every year people somehow manage to get hit by lighting. The United States National Weather Service states your odds of being struck by lightning in any given year, is 1 in 990,000, and in your lifetime about 1 in 1200. Now imaging if for some crazy reason we actually wanted to be hit by lighting? We all know simple and easy to use strategies to improve our odds of being hit by lightning. One winning strategy for being hit by lighting is to stand on a hill during a thunderstorm and holding a long metal rod.

Lotteries have similar winning strategies. Unfortunately most people wave convinced themselves that they can never win, and therefore don't even play. If you don't play, your guaranteed chance of winning is ZERO. Of the people that play the lottery, many just randomly pick numbers, or use some set of favorite numbers. This is like trying to get hit by lighting in your basement. It could happen, really it could, but I think we can find a better strategy.

We at LogicMedia believe that that everyone should approach all aspects of life with a winning strategy. Our finances, our work, our pastimes, and even the games we choose to play. For this purpose, we have developed an application to help analyze the effectiveness of various lottery-playing strategies.

“Play to win the lottery” is our application for analyzing lottery strategies, and helping you choose/create lottery tickets based on those strategy.

What are the app features?

"Play to win the lottery", at its core, is a tool for selecting sets of tickets using a strategy and then evaluating its effectiveness.

Here is a short list of some of the specific application features:

What can "Strategies" do for me?

Most "lottery ticket generators " produce tickets with no consideration for the other tickets you already have. Usually they are just a random or semi-random sequence of numbers. If all you are interested in is the jackpot, then as long as the "generator " never duplicates a ticket your fine. It is mathematically provable, in a fair game, without flaws, and no “criminal activity”, that the only way to improve your odds of winning the jackpot is to buy more tickets. That is not true for the "smaller " prizes. Moreover, when we say smaller that term is relative. Some lotteries like the Powerball have a $1,000,000 consolation prize. Imagine telling you friends, "I didn’t win the $1.5 billion jackpot, I only got a measly million ". This is where the strategies and constraints are important.

In fact, some people believe that if you improve your odds of winning a lesser prize, you will also improve your odds of getting a larger prize. It certainly will increase the excitement as the matching numbers are drawn.

Constraints explained

Constraints are enforced characteristics of the tickets chosen while applying the strategy. We as humans apply constraints all the time in everything we do. These constraints are internalized either from experience, or due to our expectations of the outcome. In some cases, we do not even know we are applying them.

Consider the number 1-2-3-4-5-6 in a 49 number choose 6 lottery. The odds of 1-2-3-4-5-6 being the winning number are “exactly the same” as for the numbers 4-9-15-26-32-45 or the number 2-3-5-7-11. The lottery machine is technically just as likely to produce any of these numbers. One chance out of 13,983,816. However, I will bet that anyone who wins a jackpot with the number 1-2-3-4-5-6 is unlikely to get his or her money. This is because the rest of us would immediately assume the game was rigged and an investigation would occur. This is human nature applying an unconscious constraint. We don't expect a straight sequence to happen.

“Play to win the lottery” does not have a subconscious, and will apply one or more constraints in a consistently and fair process, that only a computer can do. The program can apply these constraints, and show you how this will affect your winnings. Let’s look at some of the available constraints.

Required numbers constraint

A required number is one that must appear either in the set of tickets or in all tickets in the set. Many people believe they have a special or lucky number that they must play.

Hot or Cold numbers constraint

A hot number is one that has recently been turning up often, while a cold number is one that has occurred less frequently. In some games, there may even be a physical reason for this phenomenon. If you are playing dice, one face may be heavier than the other faces. Similarly, in lotteries, the some of the balls may be heavier, either due to paint, imperfection in the manufacturing, or some other unknown factor. Use “Play to win the lottery” to see for yourself if this is true.

Number weighting constraints

Use the number weighting constraint to evaluate numbers in the order of how frequently they occurred. Even if this constraint does not change the outcome of the strategy, it may give you a set of numbers that are “good enough” faster.

Strategies explained

The “Strategies” in “Play to win the lottery” are algorithms for choosing tickets in a way that attempts to improve or make a guarantee about either the properties of the numbers chosen, or the results of playing the numbers in a specific lottery. Let us look at an example. In a 24, choose 4 lottery such as the Washington Match 4. The odds of winning are:

Now let us say we have enough pocket change for 2 tickets and we buy the tickets:

We have increased our chance of winning the jackpot, but have potentially left some money on the table because the possible winning combinations are:

If instead we would have picked the numbers

We could have now potentially matched:

Having 20 matches that could win, seems better to me than just having 16 matches. In fact, if you buy enough tickets it is possible to construct the tickets in such a way that you are guaranteed a 2 number match, no matter what the numbers that are drawn.

On that note, let us look at some of the strategies that “Play to win the lottery implements:

The No Strategy

Use this strategy if all you want is a set with only constraints applied.

Random Strategy

Similar to the above but with more mixing of the numbers

Maximize number coverage

Pick the tickets in such a way that numbers are either not duplicated between tickets or minimizes the occurrence of numbers in tickets to maximize the spread of numbers across tickets.

Maximize winning the minimum prize

Creates a set of tickets in such a way that if you pick enough tickets you will win a minimum prize. In fact, you may win multiple minimum prizes. This effectively improves your odds of winning one of the lesser prizes.

Maximize historical winnings

Lastly, this strategy examines all possible tickets, and compares them to the historical ticket database. The strategy will try to construct a set of tickets that would have won the most number of times if they had been played for every drawing in the historical database. This algorithm takes the longest to run and you will need a very fast computer to run it. The results of this algorithm can be very informative. In some cases the resulting ticket set could have won 100’s of thousands of dollars, or not, depending on the game and the constraints used.